January 10, 2006

Pandora: Sweet, Sweet Jazz

Chuck is right. Pandora Rules.

This free online music streaming website has helped us turn our office into a sweet, exclusive little jazz club. Playing smooth jazz all day. Not that crappy pre-digested stuff, either. We’re being treated to Coltrane, Monk (the two artists I used to start the channel), Red Garland, Bud Powell, Lennie Tristano, John Scofield, Dexter Gordon and now a really catchy and upbeat number by Art Tatum: “This Can’t Be Love.”

(Also, some great jazz guitar with Kenny Garrett)

I can feel my blood pressure dropping down to manageable levels!

You can give it a listen by clicking on my link: Sweet, Sweet Jazz.

Posted by James at January 10, 2006 1:16 PM
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I've just discovered the joy of this as well. I'm working on a channel or two myself. I particularly like that you can click on a song and say "Never play this again." It's quite a heady feeling. :) And I'm sure it helps them refine their definitions. I'd love to be one of the researchers on that project. That sounds cool and interesting.

Posted by: briwei at January 12, 2006 6:21 PM

Sweet Pandora, this must be love. I've find all new kinds of music in new genres and doing it for free. Can't beat that.

Posted by: Chuck S. at January 12, 2006 9:40 PM

immensely, immensely cool. and i have your jazz cafe listed as a favorite. thanks so much for the tipoff!

Posted by: beth at January 13, 2006 12:47 AM

Wow, what a cool idea. I'm going to give your jazz station a try today at work.

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at January 13, 2006 8:22 AM

GAHHHHHHH. No I'm not because of my companies annoying blocking filters!!!!!

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at January 13, 2006 8:23 AM

How sweet it is! Many thanks for hooking me up!

Posted by: Karen at January 13, 2006 9:40 AM

Link us to your favorites page!

I listened to your Jazz station for awhile. It's definitely you.

Here's a link to my first station "Femme Radio". Mostly what you should hear there are electronica-influenced songs with mild rhythmic syncopation by female vocalists. (Stuff by Dido, Vanessa Daou, Sarah McLachlan, Fiona Apple, Suzanne Vega, Madonna, Morcheeba, etc.) Of course that's not for everyone... that's why it's MY station... and that's why Pandora Rules! (My faves.)

Posted by: Chuck S. at January 13, 2006 10:18 AM

We need to do battle with B.O.B.'s IT department. When I was blocking stuf at MSC, there used to be a constant array of sites that allowed you to go to sites through them without ever having the blocked URL appear in your browser. I forget what they were called though. I'll do some research.

Posted by: briwei at January 13, 2006 11:23 AM

Hey bri, it's not that big a deal. Just frustrating. 10 years ago I didn't even have an internet connection at work so who am I to complain.

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at January 13, 2006 12:08 PM

I *heart* Pandora. My station is Radio Free Grenier, and it features an odd mix of hip-hop, punk, with some ska, country, and arena rock thrown in.

I keep wanting to set up several individual genre-based stations, but I always wind up deleting them in favor of one master station that plays a little bit of everything.

Posted by: DG at January 13, 2006 3:29 PM

Oops, I mean Radio Free Grenier.

Posted by: DG at January 13, 2006 3:34 PM

Lemme guess: "Epistrophy," by John Coltrane & Thelonius Monk. I was looking for the Art Blakey version I didn't recognize at the Jan7 shindig, and then realized it was Blakey playing drums on the Coltrane/Monk.
"Gotta get me one o'dem Pandoras."

Posted by: ThirdMate at January 13, 2006 5:05 PM

I felt like being sadistic, so I asked Pandora to juggle Slayer, Devo, Kraftwerk, and the Rolling Stones.

It did a great job!

Then I asked it to work with Rob Zombie and Neil Young. The outcome of that was a little less stellar. It kept picking Rob Zombie and Neil Young songs, which were certainly satisfactory, but not very surprising.

Still... way better than listening to the radio, and much fresher than my CD collection.

Posted by: Julie at January 15, 2006 2:45 AM

Try adding in a couple of my favorites to your jazz playlist: Miles Davis (older stuff, not the fusion stuff from the 60's+, try Kind of Blue if you need an album title) and McCoy Tyner. Tyner was Coltrane's piano player and he's probably my favorite living jazz artist (in fact I'm off to SF next week and plan on catching him since he'll be in Oak). If you need a title by him try 4 x 4 or Infinity.

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at January 16, 2006 12:32 PM

"Kind of Blue" fits right in with what we've been hearing. I love that album.

Thanks for the recommendations!

Posted by: James at January 16, 2006 12:57 PM

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